Bible Texts:

Luke 18:9-14


Children's Bible Story sources:

"The Pharisee and the Tax Collector," DK Children's Illustrated Bible, p.245

"The Pharisee and the Tax Collector," Spark Story Bible, p.396 

"The Teacher and the Tax Collector," DK Children's Everyday Bible, p.287

"Two Prayers," The Lion Bible for Children, p.253


Children's Story Resource

Jennifer Jones Won't Leave Me Alone by Frieda Wishinsky and illustrated by Neal Layton

She writes me love poems, full of words like adore. Then she sticks on red hearts, she bought at the store. Percy is fed up with the loving attentions of the little girl who sits next to him. But when the girl in question, Jennifer Jones, goes away, our hero realises how much he misses her. Soon he's the one buying red hearts at the store.

How these stories are connected: Percy changes his mind about Jennifer's affections once she's gone. Jesus asks his disciples to consider two ways of praying, perhaps hopeful that the boastful man will change his mind about his own prayer life.


Questions about Jennifer Jones Won't Leave Me Alone:

     Why didn’t Percy like Jennifer Jones?

     What did she do to let Percy know she liked him?

     What happened to cause Percy to like her?


Questions about the Bible story:

     Why didn’t Jesus like the way the Pharisee/teacher prayed?

     Why did Jesus like the way the tax collector prayed?

     How did Jesus tell his disciples they should pray?


Questions about our lives: 

     Why is important for us to pray every day?

     What does God want for you?  



Dear God, Thank you for caring about us and our prayers. Teach us how to pray in a way that pleases you. Amen.